Queensland records two community cases of COVID-19

Queensland has recorded two new community cases of COVID-19, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says.One is linked to an existing cluster and the other infection was acquired interstate.The Premier said while the situation is being monitored closely, there was still no lockdown for Queensland.”The fundamental reason we are not in lockdown is because we do not have any seeding or unlinked community transmission,” Ms Palaszczuk said.However the Premier could not rule out a lockdown and if circumstances changed “we will act immediately, and we will act swiftly and we will go hard and we will go fast”.”If the advice is to go into lockdown, we will go into lockdown,” she said.”So there’s no ifs and buts here, people. This is serious. So it’s going to depend whether we see any unlinked community transmission over the next 24 to 48 hours.”But Ms Palaszczuk said today’s cases were good news for the state in the wake of multiple outbreaks in the past week.LIVE UPDATES: Read our blog for the latest news on the COVID-19 pandemicNearly 20,000 tests were conducted yesterday and Ms Palaszczuk said she wanted to see that continue to ensure authorities were uncovering any transmission.There was another case recorded in hotel quarantine in the past 24 hours.New COVID cases were infectious on Gold CoastChief Health Officer Jeannette Young said one of the new local cases was a man from New South Wales who travels up and down the coast relocating animals. Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said COVID-19 exposures sites at Kirra on the Gold Coast would be listed today.(ABC News)He was infectious in the Gold Coast community on September 29, but Dr Young said she was not too concerned.”I don’t think he’s a risk, he’s unrelated to any of our other cases,” she said.Queensland COVID-19 snapshotIn the past 24 hours:Locally acquired cases: 2Other sources: 1Tests: 19,764Queensland’s vaccine roll-out (percentage of those eligible):First dose: 65.72 per centSecond dose: 46.77 per centLatest information from Queensland Health.The other local case was another person who was closely linked to the aviation cluster, which started at Eatons Hill, north of Brisbane earlier this week.He too travelled to the Gold Coast with his family and was infectious for four days from September 25.North Kirra Surf Lifesaving Club, Kirra Beach Surf Club, Timezone at Coolangatta, local cafes and Woolworths at The Strand are expected to be listed as exposure sites by Queensland Health.”It’s important that anyone who’s been in Kirra over that period, so those four days of concern … please anyone who’s been to any of those venues or anywhere in that part of the Gold Coast over the last week, if you’ve got any symptoms at all, now is the time that you really, please, come forward and get tested,” Dr Young said. Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath urged anyone with symptoms to get tested.(ABC News)Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said all the recent cases have been direct contacts, whether from work or households.”It’s been about three days since these new clusters started to appear and the good news is that we haven’t seen any of these actually lead to community transmission,” she said.”We want to keep it that way.”No excuse not to get vaccinatedAuthorities thanked Queenslanders for coming forward to get vaccinated with 65.72 per cent of eligible people having now received their first dose of vaccine.Of those eligible, 46.74 per cent are now fully vaccinated, but the Chief Health Officer said there is more work to be done.”Everyone, there is absolutely no excuse, it’s easy to get vaccinated now, there aren’t long queues so please come forward,” she said.”If you do have an appointment in the future, don’t worry, turn up now … come up today, we’ve got a long weekend which is a perfect time to come and get vaccinated and it’s really important.”Changes to NSW border arrangementsDr Young said there had been some changes at the NSW border.She said because New South Wales had removed restrictions for Walgett, people from that region would be included in Queensland border travel arrangements.However, she said there new restrictions would be placed on the Kyogle region, meaning travel restrictions.Want more local news?We offer tailored front pages for local audiences in each state and territory. Find out how to opt in for more Queensland news.Read moreThese changes will come into effect from 1:00am Saturday.Deputy Police Commissioner Steve Gollschewski asked anyone entering Queensland to ensure they were compliant.Out of the 14,606 vehicles intercepted yesterday 169 were refused entry.”We are in level two restrictions, if you’re coming into Queensland, if you’re coming into those areas and those restrictions, make sure that you comply with the requirements,” he said.Loading form…

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